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Thoughtful and Unique Gifts

03/05/2011

I do not have the skill of perfect-gift-picking. I like gift cards. I like to give gift cards. Have 20 Starbucks drinks on me…enjoy your meal out…pick out what you want the most. Realizing over time that I apparently am a rare breed (most people, statistics show, do not enjoy “the gift card” and many don’t even use them…what?!) and that most people prefer the hand-selected thoughtful and unique gift chosen specifically for their personality, likes and enjoyment by the giver.

That’s when sites like PersonalCreations and RedEnvelope come into my life. Another gem: WishWrap – Pick your holiday, recipient, or occasion (or by price/product) and then pick your wish (harmony, peace, happiness, love, etc.). The free personalized card and giftwrap is not only unique, but being made of jute a reusable and green (literally) alternative to a generic gift bag. For the lady, ThirtyOneGifts have some cute, affordable ideas as well as home party/catalog show opportunities to earn free products.

If you have time, and a crafty nature (which I sadly possess not), a handmade gift is always appreciated. Instructables is a great place to start on ideas and how-to.

Experiences are the greatest gift I can imagine. There’s too much STUFF in our lives as it is – stuff doesn’t make happiness as much as memories can. Give a wine tasting, a helicopter tour, a guitar lesson, an off-road adventure and the warmness of a gift will last more than just a few days!

Last but not least, beyond personalization, homemade treats, or an experience there is the simple unusual gift: UncommonGoods is my go-to place, but a close second for the movie buff/computer nerd is ThinkGeek.

Canadian poet Henry Drummond said it well: There is no happiness in having or in getting, but only in giving.

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  1. towelietowel permalink
    05/26/2011 7:01 pm

    Great post! I myself think that finding the right gift can sometimes be difficult. What I think is that people tend to like unique gifts that are hard to find and not sold in stores. People like the gifts more this way since they cannot be replaced. I have been buying a few items from http://www.thinkfuntoys.com and giving it away to friends and family. They all love it. The stuff there are pretty cheap and unique and they deliver fast.

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